Monday, February 6, 2017

Frumpy to Farm Table Style

Is Frumpy a word? I'm not sure but I think it best describes the table I just transformed for a client. When I purchased this table I thought it would be so pretty with a dark top and white distressed legs - "farm table" look! A sweet customer had those same ideas when she saw the table at Fresh. So the transformation began shortly after she purchased the table and we discussed the look she wanted. Here are the products that I used on this project:

1. Mother Earth Antique Glaze
2. DIY Bead Board Chalk and Clay Paint
3. DIY Layered Chocolate Chalk and Clay Paint
4. Paint Couture Satin Top Coat 

The top of the table was going to be darkened with a brown glaze. I knew it would take several coats to get the deep dark brown that she wanted. First I sanded the top with my orbital sander until I got the finish off. To apply glaze I like to use a velvet roller,it's fast and leaves a nice smooth finish. If you've not used glaze as a stain as I am here you will love how easy and clean this is. By clean I mean no smell, no toxins, and the clean up is soap and water. Let the glaze dry overnight and then apply another coat of glaze, let it dry and reapply until you get the depth of color you are looking for. When that has cured for a few days, then apply a clear finish. And since this was a table that would get wear and tear (like most eating tables do) I applied 3 coats of clear finish.

The legs were painted with one coat of DIY Layered Chocolate. This is the BEST dark brown I've ever used! It's a beautiful deep chocolate brown and it's perfect for a undercoat to distress back too. The DIY paint adheres and levels out perfectly. It dries very quickly and is very easy to apply. Even though it dries quickly I let it dry overnight before applying two coats of the DIY Bead Board white paint. 

I like to wet distress the chalk and clay paints with a dampened rag or t-shirt. The chalk and clay paints are soft and are easily distressed. No sanding just light rubbing with the rag! 

Lastly, I applied the clear finish to the legs - two coats. 

If you have a table that you think would look good with a darker top and painted legs, no worries, it's easily done with a few of our products! We are open everyday at Fresh except Tuesday. You can also shop online everyday here. Have a great week and let me know what projects your working on. Even better share them with us on our Facebook page here.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

To "antique" or "distress"? This is the question?

I get quite a few people in the store each week with ideas that they have saved from Pinterest. And by the way I LOVE Pinerest and I do my fair share of scrolling through for ideas and inspiration! 
I think it's wonderful that we can go to a website and see what others have created and feel that we can do the same with a little help. 

If you see a piece of furniture that is similar to your piece at home and the color is something you would like to use in your home, most of the time that can easily be done. One statement that comes up often at Fresh is "I want my buffet, dresser, side table, etc. to be antiqued". 
And my reply is "do you mean you want it to be distressed or antiqued"? And then we continue on in a discussion about what the two words mean in terms of painting furniture. That's where the Pinterest picture comes in or we have several sample boards or pieces of furniture to show the difference to our customers.

A distressed piece is when you remove some of the paint by using a damp cloth (chalk based paints) or you can use a sanding block to distress. Our chalk based paints are softer and easier to distress so we use an old t-shirt dampened with water and gently remove in the areas that we want to have a distressed look. With the harder based paints we use a sanding block.

When "antiquing" a piece of furniture I use a glaze to give it an aged look or to tone the paint down. Glazing adds so much to a piece of furniture. It's one of my favorite furniture applications because it gives the depth that cannot be achieved with just paint.

Here is a picture of a buffet and a pedestal that was distressed with a damp cloth.

And these are some pieces that have been glazed. Which one do you like the best?

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